The project Amsterdecks consists of a network of water quality measuring decks in the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. The proposal was initiated by our office after observing the increase and diversification of urban water use in Amsterdam. Our observation confirmed that a large gap exists between how public water is used and public knowledge about its quality.

Through a specially developed measuring system Amsterdecks gives an indication of the water quality and provides safe access to the water. Through an online application people will be able to get information about the fluctuating water quality in Amsterdam. Ultimately, people will learn how Amsterdam’s water quality is influenced and how it can be improved.

The decks in that sense form a liquid commons, stimulating individual and collective actions that could improve the quality of one of our most important shared resources. The first Amsterdeck has been has been built. Are you a clean water and swimming enthusiast and do you want an Amsterdecks in your neighborhood? SEND US AN EMAIL!


The first Amsterdecks is in the Nieuwenmeer in Amsterdam. Expansion in various locations throughout the city are underway.


Program: Recreational Public Space
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Waternet, Gemeente Amsterdam


     Data: De Waag Society

     Bouw: Krijn Verbruggen & Zn.

     Sensoren: Munisense

     Fotografie: Aeliane van den Ende

Year: 2015 – ongoing
Status: Built & Expanding Urban Network